I know that some people may disagree and throw in a vote for pumpkin spice latte, but I believe that hot apple cider is the official drink of fall. If you've never made your own mulling spices, you should give it a try! It's super easy, and it would make a great post-Thanksgiving dinner drink for you and your guests to enjoy. Plus, you could jar up some of the spice for each of your guests to take home as a favor.
Homemade Mulling Spices
-4 cinnamon sticks chopped up a bit
-3 Tbsp diced dried orange peel
-1/4 cup whole allspice
-1/4 cup whole cloves
-8 whole nutmeg chopped a bit
-8 whole star anise
Place all of the ingredients in a mason jar, put the lid on, and shake until it is well-mixed. If you're giving as a gift, add a label with the ingredients and the following instructions for spiced apple cider:
How to Make Spiced Cider
-2 Tbsp mulling spices
-4 cups apple cider (store bought is ok)
-Small muslin sack with drawstring or mesh strainer
-Medium sauce pan
Measure the apple cider and pour it into a sauce pan. Either put the spices in the muslin sack and into the cider, or just put the spices straight into the cider (you'll just have to strain them out at the end).
Turn on the stove and let simmer for at least 5 minutes. Remove the muslin sack with tongs or strain out the spices.
If you want to make this a dessert drink, add a little bit of caramel sauce and whipped cream - delicious!